2:41 p.m. The UW band just took the field and are performing for the hundreds of Badger fans still filling the stands. Looks like the Fifth Quarter has arrived in Tampa. Everyone is singing "Varsity", which will never get old. Hats off to the Badgers for a great season!
2:39 p.m. A complete game story, stats, post-game notes and coaches quotes can be found shortly on uwbadgers.com. Also, be sure to check out all the bowl blogs and video from this weekend on the Bowl Central page.
2:34 p.m. UT downs the ball, ending the game. Final: Tennesee 21, Wisconsin 17. MVP: UT Quarterback Erik Ainge.
2:33 p.m. Donovan throws long into the endzone toward Hubbard. Intercepted, instead, in the endzone by Antonio Wardlow.
2:31 p.m. Badgers pick up 13 yards and another first down following a pass completion to Jefferson who jumps out-of-bounds. Penalty on the defense ... 5-yards for encroachment. Ball on the UT 36-yard line.
2:27 p.m. First down Wisconsin. Pass complete to Garrett Graham. Badgers on their own 36. Another Graham completion puts the Badgers on their own 46 yard line with their second consecutive first down. 46 seconds left in the game. Refs reviewed the clock. Still at 46 seconds.
2:26 p.m. Long pass incomplete. Intended for Travis Beckum. Brings up 3rd down and seven with 1:14 to go.
2:25 p.m. 1st and 10 Wisconsin. Pass complete to Jefferson. Ran out after a three-yard gain.
2:24 p.m. Colquitt to punt. Gilreath deep to return. Ball goes out-of-bounds at the 12-yard line. 1:26 remaining.
2:23 p.m. 4th and 10 Tennessee. 1:32 on the clock. Wisconsin calls a timeout.
2:19 p.m. Five yard loss on the next play. Tackle by Shaugnessy. Ball at the UT 45 with 1:38 on the clock as the Vols call a timeout.
2:18 p.m. Fumble forward out of bounds. The ruling on the field was reversed. Valai did not have control of the ball as he was sliding out of bounds. 1st down Tennessee on its own 40 with 2:28 on the clock.
2:10 p.m. Two more rush plays puts the Vols at 3rd and 4 on their own 35. Long pass complete to Briscoe who fumbled the ball as he was hit out-of-bounds by Schofield. Wisconsin's Valai made a sliding recovery. The play is now under review to see whether or not the ball was recovered in bounds.
2:09 p.m. Screen pass to Arian Foster. Gain of 15 gives the Vols a first down.
2:08 p.m. Gain of four my Tennessee. On the 14-yard line. Pass incomplete on 2nd and 6.
2:07 p.m. 4th and 2 ... Badgers are going to go for it. Donovan throws it away, first and ten Tennessee on their own 10-yard line.
2:04 p.m. P.J. busts one wide open and takes it 50 yards to the UT 18-yard line ... 8:30 to play in the game
1:58 p.m. Badger D holds Tennessee into attempt a field goal. Elijah Hodge soars up and blocks the kick. Levy grabs it and Wisconsin takes over on their 27-yard line.
1:55 p.m. Tennessee goes for it on 4th-and-three ... pick up 17, first and ten on the Badger 15-yard line.
1:51 p.m. Fans got to Jump Around (see photo above) and then Ainge picks up the first down on a long completion to Briscoe for 21 yards.
1:45 p.m. Taylor kicks the ball into the endzone, no return by UT. 3rd quarter ends with Tennessee sitting on their own 14-yard line and third down. UT 21 - UW 17.
1:42 p.m. UT holds and forces the field goal try ... Mehlhaff good from 27 yards. Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 17 with 0:09 to go in the third quarter ... almost time for "Jump Around".
1:40 p.m. Bucky keeps the chains moving, TD runs for 5 and then hits Graham for 7 and a first down at the Tennessee 15-yard line.
1:37 p.m. P.J. with another nice run, 10 carries for 49 yards. TD does his best P.J. and runs the naked boot for another 7 yards.
1:33 p.m. Ainge trys to find a reciever on the sideline and Jay Valai JACKS UP the reciever who can't hang on ... small gain on 3rd down. Tennessee punts and Gilreath gets taken down on the UW 46-yard line.
1:30 p.m. Badgers using everyone at tailback today. Lance Smith, Zach Brown and P.J. Hill have all been in on this drive. First down pass goes just off the finger tips of Kyle Jefferson and then another on the next play ... time for Kenny to drop one inside the 5-yard line.
WOW! Ben Strickland downs the punt at the 2-yard line.
1:24 p.m. Badger D holds UT to 3-and-out. Gilreath gets another nice punt return. Badgers take the ball on the 46-yard line.
1:19 p.m. UW cant pick up the first down ... Kenny with another stellar punt (45.8 yard avg. on 5 punts).
1:14 p.m. TV timeout so I just threw up a few more photos from today's game taken by our student on the sideline, Mitchell Pinta. Got a nice one of the fly-over and another of Joe Montana.
1:11 p.m. Badgers are forced to punt, then the D turns it up backing Tenn into their own redzone ... 3rd and long ... DeCremer with the stop and UT sets up to punt. Ball goes out of bounds at the 38-yard line. 1-10 Wisconsin.
1:05 p.m. Back from halftime and the score is still 21-14 Tenn. (haha). UT kicks off and Wisco starts to drive.
Im sure those of you that have been following the blog all week can guess what we had for halftime food here at the Outback Bowl ... yea that's right Outback Steakhouse, the fifth time in the past week I've had it (not complaining).
12:37 p.m. UT punts and Tyler takes a knee to run the last second off the clock. At the half, Tennessee 21 - Wisconsin 14.
Both bands will perform at the half, and I will check back in as the second half starts.
12:34 p..m What a note ... Andy Crooks is the only Badger to ever score a touchdown on both sides of the ball. In the 2005 Outback Bowl (same bowl and same field) Crooks returned an interception for a TD while he was a linebacker. Today he catches his fifth TD as a tight end.
12:31 p.m. Donovan scrambles right and throws all the way back to his right finding a wide open Crooks for the touchdown. Mehlhaff knocks in the extra point and Bucky cuts the lead down to 7. With 1 minute to play in the half, UT 21, UW 14.
12:29 p.m. Kyle Jefferson with a nice first down catch and the Badger fans start getting into it. "Let's go Badgers" chant gets loud for the first time today.
12:26 p.m. Nice little TE screen to Garrett Graham and then P.J. with another solid run for the first down.
12:23 p.m. Sun finally came out and Andy Crooks takes the short kickoff up to the 30-yard line. Tyler comes back in at QB ... he is one tough kid.
12:21 p.m. Ainge finds TE Brad Cottam for the long score. 31-yards in the air and Ainge now has 231 yards on 12 completions and 2 touchdowns.
Tennessee 21, Wisconsin 7 ... 6:15 to play in the half.
12:18 p.m. Evridge gets a couple snaps, but Wisco needs to punt. Good coverage but UT gets the ball at midfield with 7:40 to play.
12:15 p.m. TD scrambles and gets bent backwards, looks like his left knee ... gets up and walks it off, but is getting checked out on the sidelines. Allan Evridge in at QB
12:07 p.m. 1 play later touchdown UT. Ainge to Josh Briscoe for six. PAT is good and the Volunteers go up 14-7 with 9:45 to play in teh half.
12:06 p.m. Badgers go 3-and-out. Kenny with another nice punt ... Tenn. takes the ball and takes 2 plays to go 50 yards down to the Wisco 29-yd line.
12:00 noon Badger defense holds and forces UT to punt. James Kamoku (hurt all season after knee surgery) comes in on the punt return unit for his first game action since the 2007 Capitol One Bowl ... exaclty one year ago.
11:52 a.m. Joe Montana on the field again to award high school quarterback Matt Barkley the DeBartolo award for the nation's top junior QB.
11:49 a.m. End of the first quarter: 7-7
11:47 a.m. TD gets sacked on 3rd down and Ken DeBauche comes in to punt. Nice boot and Josh Nettles is right there for the tackle. 1-10 Tenn. at the 13-yard line.
11:42 a.m. P.J. Hill comes in to get a few carries, starts with a little 7-yard burst and then 2 plays later gains another 10.
11:38 a.m. While UT was making a long drive down the field. Jonathan Casillas strips the ball from the UT running back and Kirk Decremer kicks it right into the waiting hands of Nick Hayden. First and 10 Wisconsin.
11:36 a.m. For live gamenotes (including Gilreath's record 60-yard return) check out Justin's blog: Trippin' with the Badgers.
11:32 a.m. Another stadium note: behind both endzones are large gathering areas and some party decks (as well as the fmaous Pirate Ship). Seems to be the place to be, everyone is getting a photo with the ship and hanging out eating and drinking in the mall areas.
11:29 a.m. TD with the scramble for the TD ... gets popped pretty good as he crosses the goal line and fuumbles but he was already in. 7-7 after the PAT from Taylor Mehlhaff.
11:27 a.m. Stadium is filling up the rest of the way. Not quite full (I don't think they sold all the tickets). One side red and the other orange gives it a nice tropical feel here in Tampa.
11:25 a.m. Zach Brown with a tough run up the middle .. .3rd and goal from the 1-yd line. Illegal shift on UW, 3rd and goal from the 7. Timeout called by coach B.
11:23 a.m. UT kicks of and David Gilreath gets a nice 60-yard return and add a facemask penalty for another 15-yards. 1-10 UW on the 23-yard line. Lance Smith takes the end around to set up a first and goal.
11:17 a.m. Direct snap to Gerald Jones for the 4-yard TD, kick is good ... Tennessee 7, UW 0.
11:16 a.m. Erik Ainge completes a long pass setting up UT in side the redzone. QB sneak picks up the first down at the 17-yard line. Another first down for the Volunteers 1-10 on the 4-yd line.
11:08 a.m. Tennesse got the ball held on the first play then went 3-and-out after that. Jaevery McFadden almost picks off the third down pass. Wisconsin goes to Zach Brown on the first play (nice run). TD gets sacked then hits Paul Hubbard on teh next play for a long gain, but Hub fubmles the ball and UT gets the ball back on their own 25.
National anthem just concluded and now we are just waiting for the coin toss ... Wisconisn won and differed. The Badgers will kickoff to start the game and we will be getting the ball to start the 2nd half.
10:52 a.m. ET
Hall of Fame quarterback, Joe Montana is in attendance today. He was just introduced and the crowd gave him a very warm welcome.
10:50 a.m. ET
The world-famous UW marching band just wrapped up their pre-game drill and just saw a photo of the one-and-only Brett Favre up here in the press box. The Buccaneers have framed photos all over of different players and one is of a D-lineman trying to catch Favre (thought some fans back home would appreciate that one).
Bowl committee getting introduced now and I’m getting pumped for the game to get started.
10:35 a.m. ET
Both teams are on the field warming up and the fans have been creeping in for the last 25 minutes or so. The Tennessee band is in their seats and we have already heard “Rocky Top” twice. It is about 30 minutes until kick off and the pre-game ceremonies are just about to get underway.
Both bands will be playing along with a high school band that won a contest over the weekend. All of the Outback Bowl reps will be acknowledged and finally we will honor the United States with the National Anthem and a Marine fly-over with some Harrier Jets (the kind that can take off from a standstill like a helicopter and then switch to forward thrust and fly like a fighter jet.
More Wisconsin folks are now making their way in. I’m sure a lot of them are still out at the Badger Blast Tailgate Party across the street. There is a different feel here today, doesn’t seem like a normal game (home or away). Very electric all around and it looks like everyone is having a good time and is excited for the game to get going.
9:55 a.m. ET
Just went through our rosters with the stadium PA announcer and ran down to the locker room and the media room where the post-game press conferences and player interviews are held. This stadium was built in 1998 so there is a ton of extra room and the stadium as a whole is very well designed to accommodate teams, fans, staff and more.
About an hour until kickoff so people are moving around and players are finally suited up and getting warmed-up. Time for me to grab a quick bite to eat and get ready for show time.
9:05 a.m. ET
Happy New Year to Badger Fans across the world. Early morning here in Tampa. Temperature is 70 degrees and looks like a high of 72 and a slight chance of showers.
Just arrived at Raymond James Stadium and went through a very tight security check (better safe than sorry). I’ll be reporting from the press box which for some reason is located in the corner of the stadium.
Both teams are out on the field with some of the kickers kicking and others stretching while throwing the ball around a little.
I need to go get some things done and get down to the locker room and field quick so I will be back later.